Information about Critical Purpose Visitor Visa

Apply for this visa if you have a critical purpose for coming to New Zealand while the border is closed. You must be invited to apply for this visa.


6 to 12 months

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Travel to New Zealand even though the border is closed.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa you must first have an invitation from us to apply on the basis that you have a critical purpose to travel here. To get an invitation to apply, you must fill in the Request for travel to New Zealand form.
    Request for travel to New Zealand
  • If you already have a visa, you can also use this form to request an invitation to vary the conditions of your visa to let you travel for a critical purpose.
  • If you are an employer you can request an invitation to apply to bring critical workers into New Zealand.
    Employer request for critical worker exception

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